9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

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9 days in North Carolina Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Drive:  30​min
1
Cary
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Durham
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Chapel Hill
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Seagrove
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Greensboro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Asheville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Charlotte
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Oak Island
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
9
Wilmington
— 1 night
Drive + ferry:  5​h 30​min
10
Ocracoke
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Raleigh

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Cary

Cary ©
Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. On the 13th (Sat), head outdoors with Knight's Play and then admire the masterpieces at Cary Arts Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cary day trip planning website .

Raleigh to Cary is an approximately half hour car ride. In April, daytime highs in Cary are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Durham.

Things to do in Cary

Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Knight's Play
Highlights from your plan
Cary Arts Center ©
Cary Arts Center

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Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Duke Homestead and then make a trip to Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duke University Chapel, then get engrossed in the history at The Durham History Hub, and finally trek along American Tobacco Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Durham vacation builder tool .

Durham is just a short distance from Cary. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chapel Hill.

Things to do in Durham

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

American Tobacco Trail, Falls Lake State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel
Duke Homestead ©
Duke Homestead
Falls Lake State Recreation Area ©
Falls Lake State Recreation Area

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Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill ©
Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Chapel Hill visit site .

Chapel Hill is just a short distance from Durham. April in Chapel Hill sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seagrove.

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Town Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
The Chapel of the Cross ©
The Chapel of the Cross

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Seagrove

Seagrove
Seagrove is a town in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. Make your Seagrove itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Chapel Hill to Seagrove takes 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Seagrove are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel to Greensboro.

Things to do in Seagrove

Museums Shopping

1
night
Greensboro

Greensboro ©
Greensboro is a city in the U.S. On the 16th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Bethabara Park, steep yourself in history at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Home Moravian Church, and finally examine the collection at International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Korner's Folly, then contemplate the long history of Old Mill of Guilford, then get curious at Greensboro Science Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Ambleside Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Greensboro trip maker site .

You can drive from Seagrove to Greensboro in an hour. April in Greensboro sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Greensboro

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Winston Salem, Korner's Folly, Old Mill of Guilford
Highlights from your plan
Bethabara Park ©
Bethabara Park
Old Salem Museums & Gardens ©
Old Salem Museums & Gardens

1
night
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at New Morning Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Of All Souls, explore the striking landscape of The North Carolina Arboretum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Riverside Cemetery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Urban Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Greensboro to Asheville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In April in Asheville, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Charlotte.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum
New Morning Gallery ©
New Morning Gallery
Cathedral Of All Souls ©
Cathedral Of All Souls

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Charlotte

Charlotte ©
A rapidly growing city in central North Carolina, Charlotte is the state's largest urban center and a major regional hub for finance, industry, technology, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at NASCAR Hall of Fame, then identify plant and animal life at Latta Plantation Nature Center & Preserve, then get curious at Carolina Raptor Center, and finally examine the collection at Mint Museum Uptown.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Charlotte journey planner.

You can drive from Asheville to Charlotte in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Charlotte can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oak Island.

Things to do in Charlotte

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Huntersville
Highlights from your plan
Carolina Raptor Center ©
Carolina Raptor Center
NASCAR Hall of Fame ©
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Mint Museum Uptown ©
Mint Museum Uptown

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Oak Island

Oak Island
Oak Island is a seaside town located mostly on the barrier island of Oak Island (which also contains the town of Caswell Beach), in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Oak Island travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Charlotte to Oak Island. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in Oak Island

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Wilmington

Wilmington
Holiday in Willington to discover a charming coastal city filled with azalea gardens, historical neighborhoods, and cozy cafes.
For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Wilmington trip planner .

Traveling by car from Oak Island to Wilmington takes an hour. April in Wilmington sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. On the 20th (Sat), you're off toOcracoke.

Things to do in Wilmington

Outdoors Tours Parks

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night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, then stroll through Ocracoke Beach, and then trek along Hammock Hills Nature Trails.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ocracoke trip site .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Wilmington to Ocracoke in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. When traveling from Wilmington in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ocracoke: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 54°F at night. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Beach ©
Ocracoke Beach

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